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Govt needs K3tn to finish 335 projects

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State Vice-President Saulos Chilima has disclosed that the government needs to source over K3 trillion to complete 335 projects carried over from the Democratic Progressive Party-led administration.

Chilima made the remarks after touring construction projects at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar)-Bunda Campus in Lilongwe yesterday.

The Vice President, who is also Economic Planning and Development Minister and the incharge of Public Sector Reforms, admitted that this would likely delay the Tonse Alliance-led administration’s pace in fulfilling development promises made during the campaign period.

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“Financial constraints are the major challenge delaying our projects. As I said yesterday, and I am repeating it today, we have 335 outstanding projects for which we need more than K3 trillion [to successfully implement and complete them].

“So, when we allocate inadequate resources, we should know that these projects will continue delaying and we are talking about carried-over projects. Yet in Tonse Alliance, too, we also have projects, which we need to initiate and implement. But if we initiate these projects without adequate resources, we will end up having so many projects that have missed their deadlines,” Chilima said.

While expressing satisfaction with the quality of works on the Bunda Campus project, Chilima expressed concern with the pace at which works were being carried out.

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“This project started in 2014 but, six years down the line, we are at 90 percent towards completion. Now, this is just one of the 335 government projects we have in this country and, if we don’t release adequate resources to them, then we have a long way to go before the Tonse administration can start initiating its own [projects] because we also have ours,” he said.

Luanar Vice Chancellor George Kanyama Phiri commended Chilima for visiting the facility saying it gave them the chance to bring their problems to the attention of the country’s leaders.

Meanwhile, Chancellor College-based political analyst Boniface Dulani has commended the Tonse administration for ensuring that there was continuity on projects.

“I should agree with the Vice President that there is a need to complete the outstanding development projects. “However, my fear is that, if the Tonse administration were to implement projects carried over from previous administrations, it would not have time to deliver on its own promises,” he said.

Chilima has embarked on a tour of government-financed projects to appreciate progress of works and bottlenecks.

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